Fremont Lakes, Nebraska, USA

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Also known as:  Fremont State Recreation Area

Fremont Lakes have turned human handiwork into a natural and recreational paradise. These small lakes are the result of groundwater filling sand-mining pits along the Platte River. There are at least 40 lakes in the area created from sandpits, with only a couple larger than 50 acres. Nebraska doesn’t have many natural lakes, but the copious amount of sand deposited by the slow-moving, braided Platte River has encouraged sand mining along its path across the state; there are over 800 sandpit lakes in Nebraska. Twenty of the sandpit lakes just west of the City of Fremont have been preserved in the Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. These lakes, primarily known by their numbers, host thousands of visitors each year on 280 acres of water.

The Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area (SRA) holds a wealth of water-based and nature-focused activities for visitors. The SRA offers four swimming beaches, all with sandy shores. Picnic areas are located along the banks of several of the lakes. A playground is provided to keep the littlest visitors happy. Two separate campgrounds provide 200 electrified campsites and 600 primitive sites for a total of 800 camping opportunities for vacationers. Showers, rest rooms, a dump station and campground assure that campers have everything they need. A convenience store concession is located inside the park. The area is shaded with mature trees and well-supplied with trails and walking paths. The shoreline vegetation encourages numerous birds to nest here, making Fremont Lakes a treasured bird-watching destination. Located on the major migration flyway, spring and fall see a huge number of migrating birds and waterfowl visiting the small lakes.

An area on Lake #20 is set aside for water skiing and the use of personal water craft. Several boat launch sites are located on the lakes, but many are too small for most gasoline motors; electric trolling motors are usually preferred. Several fishing piers are provided, some with handicap access. Because of the small size of the lakes, canoeing and kayaking are especially popular, with the occasional small sailboat seen. Fishing is a major attraction, as the lakes are noted for holding a large number of largemouth bass. The lakes also hold channel catfish, bluegill, bullhead, crappie, carp and bowfin. A fish cleaning station is provided. Most lakes have an average depth of about 10 feet, with many old logs and stumps providing good fish habitat. Some of the smaller lakes are nearly deserted on week days and have become the favored fishing trip for many in eastern Nebraska.

Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area is only 35 miles from Omaha on US 30. The historic City of Fremont is an interesting destination in itself. Before Fremont was incorporated as a city, it was the crossing point of the Mormon Trail. Located in the valley between the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers, it was a major overland route for emigrant settlers, the military, and hunters. Fremont’s central location was the reason the nation’s first trans-continental telegraph line, railroad and highway all crossed in this area. This rich history is likely one reason Fremont is now known as Eastern Nebraska’s Antique Capital; Main Street has a number of specialty antique shops that will delight any antique shopper. Rail historians have preserved a section of the Fremont and Elkhorn Valley Railroad line and offer scheduled tours along the 17-mile line using rolling stock dating back to the 1920s. Rail fans can also take the trail to nearby Hooper, whose 1890’s Main Street is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fremont Lakes aren’t the only water-oriented destination at Fremont. The City of Fremont also owns a park and campground on one of the nearby sandpit lakes. A splash park is very popular with the kids. A local company offers group air boat excursions on the historic Platte River. The shallow, meandering but mighty Platte was the subject of many a cowboy or early settler tale. The Platte was famously described as “an inch deep, a mile wide, too thick to drink, too thin to plow!” The river was a major landmark and sometimes water route for pioneers heading west. The Platte had changed course repeatedly over the years, with sandbars appearing and disappearing, carrying a wealth of sand that it has been depositing in the area for thousands of years – the source of the sand dug from the sandpits. Much of the wildlife in Nebraska wanders along its banks, and bald eagles and other raptors soar overhead. It’s a great place for photography.

If camping isn’t in the cards for visitors, Fremont has several chain hotels and other lodgings such as nearby bed-and-breakfasts. The town of 26,000 has a number of restaurants, fast food venues, and other services and amenities. Although Omaha is only half an hour away, Fremont has a small-town feel that welcomes visitors to a relaxed and unhurried lifestyle. This is historic Plains country, with several small specialty museums in nearby towns that display the artifacts of a bygone era, of pioneer men and women and the tools with which they carried out their lives. Area real estate is available, sometimes on one of the local, non-State-owned sandpit lakes. So come spend some time at Nebraska’s little Fremont Lakes. Big surprises come in small packages.

*Statistics listed are for Lake #20-the only lake with measurements available.

Things to do at Fremont Lakes

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at Fremont Lakes

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Bowfin
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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Fremont Lakes Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 50 acres

Shoreline Length: 1 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,204 feet

Average Depth: 11 feet

Maximum Depth: 16 feet

Water Volume: 556 acre-feet

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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